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Retapamulin topical Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to retapamulin topical: topical application ointment

Along with its needed effects, retapamulin topical may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking retapamulin topical:

Less common
  • Burning, itching, redness, skin rash, swelling, or soreness at site
  • skin rash, encrusted, scaly, and oozing
Rare
  • Blistering, burning, crusting, dryness, flaking of skin
  • flushing, redness of skin
  • itching, scaling, severe redness, soreness, swelling of skin
  • pain at site of application
  • unusually warm skin

Some side effects of retapamulin topical may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common
  • Diarrhea
  • fever
  • headache
  • muscle aches
  • nausea
  • sore throat
  • stuffy or runny nose
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to retapamulin topical: topical ointment

Dermatologic

Common (1% to 10%): Pruritus, eczema
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Erythema, contact dermatitis, impetigo, excoriation[Ref]

Local

Common (1% to 10%): Application site irritation, application site pruritus, application site pain
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Application site erythema
Postmarketing reports: Application site burning sensation[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Postmarketing reports: Hypersensitivity events including angioedema[Ref]

Other

Common (1% to 10%): Pyrexia
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Increased creatinine phosphokinase[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Common (1% to 10%): Diarrhea, nausea
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Abdominal discomfort[Ref]

Respiratory

Common (1% to 10%): Nasopharyngitis[Ref]

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Headache[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Altabax (retapamulin topical)." GlaxoSmithKline, Research Triangle Park, NC.

Some side effects of retapamulin topical may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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